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Holiday Gift Idea: Give One, Get One with Operation Smile

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Hot Mom Mariah Carey and Hot Mom-to-be Jessica Simpson are both avid supporters of Operation Smile,  an international children’s medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries that has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and conducted over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities, as well as patients suffering from burns.
 
Now you can turn your holiday-gift shopping  into a new smile and new teddy-bear for a child with Operation Smile’s new Three Bears’ Give One, Get One program. That was started by Lisa Lori ( a mom with three little boys Zachary, Luke and Griffin who each suffer from facial paralysis) along with accessories designer Kathy Van Zeeland.
 
Those who donate $240 to help provide a surgery on Operation Smile’s Facebook Holiday Giving Catalog at www.operationsmile.org/fbcatalog or on Operation Smile’s Web site at www.operationsmile.org/bears will not only help change a child’s life, they will be giving a bear to a suffering child, AND receive one of the commemorative bears for their very own. The bears they give will be sent on Operation Smile medical missions in impoverished countries to be delivered to children suffering from cleft lips and cleft palates. Teddy bears, long known to be a universal symbol of comfort and love to children, were the perfect choice to symbolize the courage of Zachary, Luke and Griffin and to enable the two friends to support Operation Smile’s work around the world.
 
Read more about Lisa Lori’s personal story and how she teamed up with  Operation Smile here.
 
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Zoe Alexander

Zoe Alexander was born in Los Angeles. She is a veteran entertainment and fashion journalist who has been an on-air personality for NBC's "Weekend Today Show," Fox-5's "Good Day New York," and various shows on E!, WE and TV GUIDE Network. She has been a reporter and editor for popular newspapers and magazines including Us Weekly, New York Daily News, Newsday, Star Magazine, Life& Style, In Style and guest-starred on Fox's TV drama "Rescue Me." She is also the co-author of a book with Tina Knowles (Beyonce's mom) called "Destiny's Style: Bootylicous Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Secrets from Destiny's Child."

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